Our guide to finding your pair
in 3 steps
There’s nothing quite like having that perfect, go-to pair of jeans in your arsenal. Once you nail it, we recommend ordering a few pairs in various washes so they can be worn through every season –– trust us, you can’t overestimate the value of a well fitting pair of denim.
First, determine your body type using our custom body calculator here. Read your results to help you determine the jean shape that’s best for you.
Next, take the additional measurements below using a few pairs of denim you already own. This information lets you compare your measurements with those listed online, so you can make sure garments will fit you just right –– before you buy.
Measure your inseam. Start with a pair of jeans you already own in your preferred length. Lay them on a flat surface. Then, with a soft measuring tape, measure the length from the crotch down to the end of the leg. That number is your ideal inseam. Stylist tip: add about a half-inch to your measurement if you plan on machine-washing your new jeans, to allow for a little bit of shrinkage.
Determine your ideal front rise. Find another pair of jeans already in your closet that hit the most comfortable spot on your waist. Measure from the end of the crotch seam straight up to the middle of the front waistband, where the button is. Keep in mind that this measurement determines where your jeans will hit your midsection. Lay a pair of jeans that fit well in the waist on a flat surface with the button closed. Pull the front waistband up so that the top edge is aligned with the back waistband. Measure the waistband from end to end and multiply this number by two.
Measure the thigh. Start one-inch below the crotch, and measure across the leg.
Determine the back rise. On the back of the pants, measure from the top of the waistband down to the crotch seam.
Knee: Knee measurements are taken across the knee, 14-inches below the crotch seam.
Opening: Lay the jeans flat, and measure the bottom opening of the leg.
Consider your go-to’s
If you wear lots of blazers or longer tops, opt for skinny jeans –– they look best with these silhouettes, no matter your measurements. If you gravitate toward fitted tops that tuck in all the way around, look for denim that hits you at the smallest part of your waist. (Keep this in mind when determining your ideal front rise, too.) If you like to go for the “front tuck” look, consider a low-rise jean –– front-tucked shirts lay more naturally on top of this fit of denim.
Bell bottoms and boot cut denim look best when paired with chunky, closed-toed heels –– the volume at the leg opening of bell bottom and boot cut jeans can overwhelm shoes with a slimmer profile. So if you opt for either of these denim styles, make sure you have the shoes to match. If you like wearing over-the-knee or knee-high boots, go for a pair of super skinny jeans so the legs fit easily under the boot. If you wear cropped denim, pair them with heels to lengthen the look of the leg.